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December 4, 1994
"What is a demanding pleasure? A pleasure that demands the use of one's mind . . . .Any knowledge man acquires is acquired by man's own will and effort, and that is man's distinction in the universe, that is man's nature, man's morality, man's glory." --Ayn Rand. It turned out that Brad Bjelke gained more attention than he ever would have for earning a 4.44 grade average at Santa Clarita's Saugus High School this past year.
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January 17, 2002 | GARIOT LOUIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a memorial service Wednesday at Saugus High School, friends of two student athletes killed in a car accident this week honored their memories and sounded a warning to their classmates about reckless driving. An hour after taking their semester final exams, more than 1,000 students gathered in the gym, many wearing Mardi Gras beads like the ones Sheldon Bell and Robert Smith favored, others in bright red T-shirts that Robert liked.
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February 24, 1990 | ELLEN YAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mike von Buelow remembers slaving for good grades in high school and being annoyed that there was little recognition for academic excellence. "You put so much time and effort and you set your priorities for academics and you work and work and nobody notices," said von Buelow, now principal of Saugus High School. So starting this spring, his remedy is to reward Saugus High students with varsity letters, not for whacking balls out of the park or slam-dunking basketballs but for winning top grades.
SPORTS
February 21, 2001 | DAVE DESMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oh, to be young, naive and talented. Too inexperienced to understand that teams with four sophomore starters don't belong in the Southern Section quarterfinals, Saugus High marches on in the girls' basketball playoffs. The Centurions (21-5) will host No. 4-seeded Irvine Woodbridge tonight in a Division I-A game. I.D. will not be checked at the door. It's a good thing, because Sheridan Arredondo, Jessi Loring, Julia Bradley and AnnMarie Summerhays probably wouldn't be admitted without a guardian.
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September 5, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the end of summer comes the familiar ritual of training camp for Saugus High School senior Robert Chesebrough. There's all the sweat that comes from hustling through new patterns and running back to his starting position, only to repeat the same patterns. And if you screw up, Robert said, chances are you'll have to run a lap around the football field. Robert isn't practicing for the school's football team. The 17-year-old plays trumpet for the school's marching band.
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December 16, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 17, the first year she was eligible, Saugus High School senior Sheri Massey proudly signed up for the school's fall blood donor drive. But her schoolmates found themselves donating blood for her instead, after she was injured in a traffic accident on her way to donate. Warned that donors should eat a healthy meal before giving blood early in the morning, she agreed to meet two friends Wednesday morning for breakfast. Massey called Heather Plack shortly before 6 a.m.
SPORTS
January 19, 1996 | DANA HADDAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saugus High Athletic Director Joe Stadum said he will meet today with football Coach Jack Bowman and a varsity player to discuss alleged physical contact between the player and coach during practice last fall. Saugus officials became aware of the situation Thursday when they were approached by players. "My only reaction is something is getting very blown out of proportion," Stadum said. "We'll sit down and talk." Also at the meeting will be Principal Cheryl Brown and vice principal Randy Parker.
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October 8, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A Santa Clarita man convicted of manslaughter last month for a January drunken driving accident that claimed the life of a Saugus High School student has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. James Michael Bent, 30, who had two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, had open beer bottles in his sports utility vehicle at the time of the accident, investigators said. He received the maximum sentence Tuesday from North Valley Superior Court Judge Meredith Taylor.
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November 2, 1987
Top high-school long distance runner Heather Scobie, 17, of Saugus High School, and her cross-country teammate Shauna Bird, 16, remained in critical condition Sunday after an automobile collision in Newhall that killed one teen-ager. Scobie, who underwent surgery for internal abdominal injuries after the accident Saturday, may require further surgery to replace a crushed vertebrae, said Holly Lyons, spokeswoman for Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills.
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October 10, 1998
With nine arrests this week and several more suspects named, Santa Clarita sheriff's deputies say they have broken up a ring of burglars responsible for dozens of residential thefts during the last three years. But this is not a typical crime syndicate. The alleged burglars are all students at Saugus High School. "So far, these are kids who all fit into the skateboarder mold," said Det. Dennis Blackstock of the Santa Clarita sheriff's station.
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April 6, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Combing the dusty auto lot for his dream car, Mike Shapiro stopped short at the sight of a blue Honda Accord--its driver's door a tangle of contorted metal, the wrecked windshield a maze of cracks. "Hey, what about this one?" he called, admiring the pulverized front end. A real gem. Shapiro, a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, craved the worst junkers that Wolf's Towing and Auto Repair could cough up. The more the cars resembled shredded tinfoil, the better.
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September 22, 1999 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quick, name the last Saugus High quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards in a single season. Brain locked up? It should be because to the best of Coach Ron Hilton's knowledge, no Saugus quarterback has ever come close to such a staggering feat in the school's 25-year history. And he's been at the school 23 years. Yet if anyone is going to eclipse the mark before the next millennium, it's going to be David Parker, who apparently set a school single-season record with 2,140 yards last year.
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May 27, 1999 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sergio Ballesteros was touched by the Grim Reaper on Wednesday, taken from his classroom as a voice boomed over the school's public address system: "We are sad to report that Sergio Ballesteros has died in a traffic accident." Sergio, 17, looking sullen and downcast, left with the black-robed reaper--gone for the day and gone, metaphorically, for life. Four times an hour throughout Wednesday, the reaper would appear in a Saugus High School classroom and lead away a student.
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October 10, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With nine arrests this week and several more suspects named, Santa Clarita sheriff's deputies say they have broken up a network of burglars responsible for dozens of residential thefts during the last three years. But this is not your typical crime syndicate. The alleged burglars are all students at Saugus High School. "So far, these are kids who all fit into the skateboarder mold," said Det.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1998
With nine arrests this week and several more suspects named, Santa Clarita sheriff's deputies say they have broken up a ring of burglars responsible for dozens of residential thefts during the last three years. But this is not a typical crime syndicate. The alleged burglars are all students at Saugus High School. "So far, these are kids who all fit into the skateboarder mold," said Det. Dennis Blackstock of the Santa Clarita sheriff's station.
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October 8, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN
A Santa Clarita man convicted of manslaughter last month for a January drunken driving accident that claimed the life of a Saugus High School student has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. James Michael Bent, 30, who had two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, had open beer bottles in his sports utility vehicle at the time of the accident, investigators said. He received the maximum sentence Tuesday from North Valley Superior Court Judge Meredith Taylor.
OPINION
November 10, 1985
When I sit down and actually think about a prison being built two miles away from my home in Saugus, I just can't believe it! What an absurd idea Mayor Bradley has! To build a prison up Bouquet Canyon (our only access out of the alley) would cause a bottleneck of traffic unrealized. And, to top things off, the prison would be standing about two miles in radius of Saugus High School, churches, and numerous new family dwellings. We cannot let a "Big House" full of murderers, thieves and rapists ruin our Santa Clarita Valley.
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September 24, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rape charges have been dropped against a 17-year-old Castaic boy accused of assaulting a classmate at Saugus High School, Los Angeles district attorney's officials said Wednesday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Carolyn McNary said the 15-year-old girl who accused the boy of raping her has decided not to testify, leaving prosecutors no choice but to drop the charges. "It was her choice," McNary said. "By law she does not have to testify, and she chose not to."
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June 3, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 16-year-old Saugus High School student has denied allegations that he raped a 15-year-old classmate last week in a school storage room. The boy, who police said is a known gang member on parole for other offenses, pleaded not guilty Monday in Sylmar Juvenile Court to one count each of forcible rape, false imprisonment, kidnapping and digital penetration. The alleged attack took place around 10:45 a.m. last Wednesday during a graphic arts class.
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